Bateman Cup. City of Armagh 21 Garryowen 45

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The wait for an Ulster winner of the Bateman Cup continues as City of Armagh were defeated by Garryowen at St Mary’s Templeville Road.

The Ulster side put up a good fight with tries from Christopher Colvin, Andrew Willis and Shea O’Brien but Garryowen always kept the 1B side at an arm’s length and were in control throughout the afternoon.

They took the lead 16 minutes into the match. Brian Fitzgerald crossed in the corner after a two-on-one with Cronin (hooker) despite the best attempts of Robert Whitten. A second try followed five minutes and the class of Garryowen told. The speed of the ball from the ruck ensured the Armagh defence could not get organized leaving space on the outside for Dave McCarthy to go under the sticks.

Armagh received a lifeline seven minutes before the interval. Colvin intercepted a pass and raced in from halfway to bring his side back into the game. It was . . .

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